How do you react when your plans fall to pull through?
Do you roll with the punches? Or does anxiety keep you from enjoying life?
The term STRESS has become common in today’s modern world. You see people getting worked up for little or no reason.
Often you see people, in the quest of running towards not just their needs but for greed from individuals to big organizations, thereby creating unnecessarily virtual heavy competition, which leads people to having so much stress unknowingly. Hmmmm! Stress can be mentally draining.
When stress is created, it affects you, you can only feel the effect but you do not feel the process of it. Our brain is designed to create the thoughts, these thoughts signal run through the body and make your body run. When the thoughts become more complicated and impure it creates bad effects.
In our society today, most humans now are carrying a virtual load created by themselves for themselves which does not exist in reality at all. There is no stress in reality but people created an unnecessary virtual stress all by themselves for themselves and are now struggling to get rid of it.
If someone puts some load on you, you can fight and become free, but if you put the load on yourself, who can help you? If you observe life carefully with enough attention consciously, you will see that stress do not exist in real life and overthinking is just a stupid thing! All of it is just a psychological or emotional drama created by individuals.
How Can One Deal With Stress.
There are a lot of things one can do to reduce stress. To a great extent, our personality determines how we deal with stress in our lives. While there are some generally applicable things one can do, remember, your causes are unique to you. The first step on dealing with stress is to understand the cause of your stress and then implement simple techniques to mitigate the effects.
Today, a lot of people have become so much identified with their work hence, stress and overthinking came into picture. People have lost their original life and lost in such a self-created trap! People have started thinking that the work they are doing is so important and gotten it up to their heads! They are unnecessarily overthinking because they have forgotten the facts of life. “SIMPLE”
Do you know, when you overthink you have a tendency to replay negative situations over and over in your head?
That being said; how can one deal with stress? Understanding how to handle stress is additional very important. Below are things to help keep your stress under control:
- Train your mind to activate your calming system.
- Train your mind to produce oxytocin in anxiety-producing situations.
- Sleep more. It is very common in our society to have less than 6 hours of sleep at night. But experts keep telling us we need at least 8 hours. Not just to rest our bodies, but to rejuvenate our minds. Tired and cranky seem to go hand in hand. Do not use your bedroom to watch the news or finish up some work from the office. Make that room your haven, a place to relax and escape the day. Have a hot cup of tea, take a warm bath, or read a paperback to help you unwind.
- Saying “NO” more often will actually reduce the stress caused by giving in to things you really didn’t want to be obligated to and keep you from having to do them! When you are already pressed for time throughout your day, so saying “no” to offers people make that you are not actually interested in will give you more control and definitely less stress!
- Music is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Music has the ability to affect us in various ways. Research has shown that just hearing music can be relaxing.
- Going out for a walks. Walking will force you to breathe more deeply and improve your blood circulation.
- Try meditating. Sit down and focus on your breathing. When your thoughts pull your mind away from your breath and you get distracted, reel it back in. Don’t try to fight the thoughts, just recognize that they are there and gently bring your attention back to your breathing.
- Have faith. Saying a short prayer in times of stress can give you a sense of calmness, especially when the situation is one you really have no control over. Studies have shown that people who trust in a higher power have lower blood pressure. Being able to forgive people also can affect your blood pressure. Holding a grudge is not good for your health!
- Take a holiday. It does not have to be a fancy vacation resort. A day at the beach or an afternoon at the park will do. Just anywhere you can be and not think about the bills, work, or whatever tensions you may have. It’s important to take time for yourself, so do it! You will feel better with a fresh outlook.
- Treat yourself. Sign up for a yoga class at your local gym or community center. Join a social body. The costs are nominal, and you will feel more relaxed after even just one session. A monthly massage or a spa treatment is also a great way to recharge. You will walk out feeling like a million dollar bowl of jelly.
- Turn it off. The convenience that cell phones have added to our lives can actually be a double-edged sword. We depend on them so much it seems we cannot live without them. This increased accessibility means not only can our loved ones reach us at any time, but so can work. If your employer legitimately needs to have your cell phone number, make sure you set clear limits on when you can and cannot be reached. Your time off is yours.
When your mind is overthinking, it means that you are having too many things on your plate that you focus on achieving right now. I want you to understand that, a thought is just a thought. It does not have more power than what you give it.
How many times per day does your mind wander back and forth?
If you’re not aware, I challenge you to track your thoughts for a day and see what happens. You’ll be surprised to learn just how much you miss out on the present because you’re either overthinking about the past or worrying about the future.
Stress is unavoidable. But what we do about it is up to us. Experiment with these suggestions and see what works for you!
Of all time is a great healer. Think about the last time you faced a problem and be happy you are still surviving
This takes practice and I believe all these will help you
Written by: Juliana Jonathan
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